CCC Success Stories
Film Location Scouting to Events Planning
ZJ, a Movie Location Manager, wanted to change careers and consulted with Bettina Seidman, MBA, of SEIDBET Associates and President of the Career Counselors Consortium. Through assessment exercises, they agreed that the goal was events planning in the nonprofit sector. Bettina developed a letter-resume for him, focusing on the transferable skills he already had including logistical planning, negotiating and interpersonal communication plus a great interest in making a difference for a nonprofit cause. The successful result: a Fundraising Events Planning job with a well-known foundation.
An Introvert Who Hated Networking
Richard, an introverted Accounting Manager was downsized after 30 years with a leading insurance company. Ruth Shapiro, M.A., of Ruth Shapiro Associates and Vice-President of the Career Counselors Consortium, counseled Richard on his job search. He resisted the idea of networking - his reaction: "I don't want to be obligated for favors from people I know." When Ruth asked if he was confident about his skills and productivity, Richard responded, "Absolutely." She then countered with "If that's true, your friends and acquaintances are not doing you any favors by introducing you to their contacts. They are doing the companies a favor." Convinced by that argument, Richard contacted his church and beach club associates. The result: a new job in Accounting Management within one month.
From IT Employee to Entrepreneur
Jane, a full-time Systems Analyst with a global Fortune 100 company sought counseling from Beverly R. Daniel, MS, MBA of CareerGrowth Group and a Board Member of the Career Counselors Consortium. Her problem: how to market a patent for a software directory tool she invented and how to transition into an entrepreneurial career. Beverly strategized with Jane in supporting her to hire an attorney, file for the patent and design a career plan to enable her to afford to work as an entrepreneur. The result: Jane is now an Independent Consultant completing systems development projects for her former employer and other corporate clients.
From 30-Year Social Work Career to Tour Guide Business
Barbara's goal after downsizing and a severance package was to create a new career and some interim income. Working with CCC member Marcia Grubel, COACH, MA, NCC, PCC, the challenge was to explore ideas based on assessment of her interests in history, travel, knitting, antiques, gourmet foods, and skills in teaching and group facilitation, and then to create an action plan. To manage the transition, Barbara took a part-time social work job and spent time networking for information and ideas. Marcia and Barbara created a portfolio career plan of two days a week as a social worker, one day in a knitting store, and two days developing a business as a tour guide. Barbara got certified as a New York City Tour guide, took courses at NYU, built a website, networked to build alliances, marketed herself to community groups, and subcontracted to other tour companies. Today she has a full time business offering gourmet eating tours, knitting tours, and tours of ethnic areas of the city with great stories.
These stories are just a sampling of the expertise and dedication that Career Counselors Consortium (CCC) members apply to help clients achieve satisfying careers. CCC members provide assistance to professionals, executives, middle managers, recent graduates and people re-entering the job market. CCC counselors work with clients on assessment and career change, job search, resumes and letters, interviewing, performance coaching, entrepreneurial opportunities, and work-life balance. They coach clients on how to plan for advancement, negotiate the corporate system, deal with office politics and difficult on-the-job relationships.
The diverse CCC membership includes career counselors and career coaches with a variety of backgrounds and educations. Some members are published authors. Others bring psychoanalytic and social work training to counseling. Others come from the business world with a marketing orientation. They can all be found on this website, which has become one of the top Internet sites for finding a career counselor in the tri-state area. The site consistently appears on Page One of Google in response to the keywords, "New York Career Counselors." Many members also work with clients nationwide and worldwide by phone and email.